Season comes to a close for the Hawks on the Gridiron


Liam Bradford, Sports Editor

The Lakeland Hawks took on the Skyline Grizzlies in round one of the 4A Idaho state football tournament. Skyline finished the regular season 5-4 and earned the sixth seed in the bracket, while the Hawks who also finished 5-4, and held the eleventh seed. The sixth seed Grizzlies finished their first state matchup with a win over the Lakeland Hawks, 42-21. 

The Hawks finished their 2021 season with a 5-5 record and finished the season with a solid .500 winning percentage. 

When asked about the game, Lakeland’s star wideout Alden Waddington said “We played pretty well throughout the season even though we had a few bumps in the road. They got the best of us in the second half but we played well and I’m proud of the season we had”. Waddington found the loss hard to talk about, regardless he capped off his outstanding high school career with a great final game at both of his positions. 

The Hawks started off the game strong with a 14-0 lead but eventually were burnt out by the depth of the Grizzlies and fell 42-21. 

Devon Suko had one of his best games of the season, rushing for three touchdowns and holding the responsibility for all of the Hawk’s scores. The Lakeland offense totaled 221 total yards, with the majority of them coming from the ground game through Thomas Calder, Devon Suko, and John Cornish. 

 Lakeland fought hard all game and finished the season with many great memories and accomplishments.